The Brontës and Religion

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Acknowledgments

Many people and organisations assisted me in the writing of this book. The Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research contributed a most munificent grant and Lund University put extra research funds at my disposal; both together gave me the opportunity I needed to get the project off the ground and on the way. It could be brought to a conclusion thanks to the linguistic section of the Arts Faculty at Lund, which granted me a priceless sabbatical term, and to my colleagues and postgraduate students at the English Department, who loyally ensured that I was able to draw full benefit from it.

Research on the book necessitated a number of trips which could not have been undertaken without the assistance of the Royal Society for Research in the Humanities and the New Society of Letters at Lund. At an early stage, a travel grant from the Magn. Bergvall Foundation was particularly valuable, and a generous contribution from the Erik PhilipSörensen Foundation helped me pay for books, photocopies and computer equipment.

The assistance provided by the Bodleian Library and the English Faculty Library in Oxford is best summarised in Thomas Arnold's words (in Introductory Lectures on Modern History, 1842, p. 89): '[T]o this hour I look back with the greatest gratitude to the libraries and the comparative leisure of this place, as having enabled me to do far more than I should ever have been able to effect elsewhere, and amidst the engagements of a profession. ' The unfailingly courteous staff at both libraries evinced a flexible approach to my requirements which was refreshing as well as helpful. While insufficient funding and unfortunate policies have gradually reduced the Lund University Library to an institution of very limited usefulness to a scholar in my Weld, I wish to thank its valiant and long-suffering staff for many kind efforts on my behalf.

As every Brontëan who has worked in the Brontë Parsonage Museum

-vii-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Abbreviations and Editions ix
  • Introduction 1
  • I - Denominations *
  • Chapter 1 - A Christian Home in Early Nineteenth-Century England: Evangelicalism, Dissent and the Brontë Family 13
  • Chapter 2 - Charlotte Brontë and the Church of Rome 24
  • Chapter 3 - An Undenominational Temper 39
  • II - Doctrines *
  • Chapter 4 - The Brontës in the Theological Landscape of Their Time 47
  • Chapter 5 - God and His Creation 53
  • Chapter 6 - Faith and Redemption 71
  • Chapter 7 - This Life and the Next 90
  • III - Ethics *
  • Chapter 8 - Forgiveness and Revenge 119
  • Chapter 9 - The Christian Life 144
  • IV - Clerics *
  • Chapter 10 - Clergymen in the Brontë Novels 173
  • Chapter 11 - The Enigma of St John Rivers 204
  • Notes 221
  • Select Bibliography 271
  • Index 278
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